Pardilla wins opening stage of Ruta Del Sol

Spaniard jumps away on uphill finish

Sergio Pardilla (Carmiooro NGC) won the opening stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Del Sol and becomes the first leader of the five–day race.

The little known Spanish climber attacked alone two and a half kilometres from the finish on the testing climb to Alto de la Guardia and successfully held off the rest of the peloton. Pardilla will wear the bright red race leader's jersey during Monday's 182km second stage from Otura to Cordoba.

Belgium's Jurgen Van den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) finished nine seconds behind Pardilla, with Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini) third at 13 seconds.

The 159km stage was characterised by a long attack by four riders. Jesus Rosendo (Andalucía-CajaSur), Laurent Beuret (Carmiooro NGC), Ruben García (Caja Rural) and Stephane Rosetto (Vacansoleil) went clear after eight kliometres and at one point opened an eight-minute lead. However, they were gradually pulled back before the uphill finish, with HTC-Columbia, Team Sky and Milram doing the work on the front.

In a flurry of late-stage moves, Diego Tamayo (Carmiooro-NGC) tried to go clear with five kilometres remaining as Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank) and Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil) made their own attempts to gain a slight lead on the climb to the finish with 3000 metres to race.

Pardilla made his move with 2.5km to go. He quickly opened a gap and stayed clear to win the biggest race of his career.

Full Results
1Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC4:11:55 
2Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:09 
3Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:00:13 
4Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank0:00:21 
6Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
7Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:28 
8Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:29 
9Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
10Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:31 
11Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:00:32 
12Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:37 
13Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:41 
14Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
15Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
16Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
17Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:00:49 
18Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:01:05 
19Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:01:07 
20Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:14 
21Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:01:19 
22Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:20 
23Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank0:01:24 
24Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:01:35 
25Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
26Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia  
27Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:49 
28Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
29Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:02:00 
30Kanstantsin Siutsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:03 
31Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:10 
32Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC0:02:27 
33Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:02:40 
34Rubén García (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:48 
35Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:02:53 
36Jose A G. Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:03:15 
37Emanuele Sella (Ita) Carmiooro NGC0:03:20 
38Greca Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:03:27 
39Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural0:03:35 
40Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:03:38 
41Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:03:41 
42Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
43Diego A Tamayo Martínez (Col) Carmiooro NGC0:03:55 
44David De La Cruz (Spa) Caja Rural0:04:05 
45Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:13 
46Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:04:24 
47Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:26 
48Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
49Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
50Sylwester Janiszewsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:04:43 
51Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:03 
52Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram0:05:09 
53Adan Snitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:05:14 
54Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:05:28 
55André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
56Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank0:05:29 
57Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:05:59 
58Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
59Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:06:02 
60Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
61Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:06:09 
62Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
63Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank0:06:17 
64Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC  
65Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
66Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
67Mirko Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:06:24 
68David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
69Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
70Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia0:06:35 
71Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
72Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:06:41 
73Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:07:12 
74Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:07:19 
75Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:07:21 
76Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
77Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
78Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
79Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
80Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:07:26 
81Guillermo Lana (Spa) Caja Rural  
82Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank0:07:39 
83Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC0:07:50 
84Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural0:07:57 
85Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:08:05 
86Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:08:26 
87Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:08:57 
88Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Caja Rural0:12:03 
89Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram0:13:27 
DNSDominique Cornu (Bel) Skil - Shimano  
DNFDaniele Ratto (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
Points
1Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC25pts
2Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto20 
3Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini16 
4Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur14 
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank12 
6Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia10 
7Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur9 
8Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto8 
9Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto7 
10Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
11Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram5 
12Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia4 
13Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank3 
14Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram2 
15Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1 
Sprint 1 - Arjonilla, 43.1km
1Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur3pts
2Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
3Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural1 
Sprint 2 - Jaén, 142.8km
1Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur3pts
2Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
3Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC1 
Mountain 1 - Alto de Arjona (Cat. 3) 34.9km
1Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC3pts
2Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural2 
3Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur1 
Mountain 2 - Alto de Arjonilla (Cat. 3) 91.6km
1Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC3pts
2Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural2 
3Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur1 
Mountain 3 - Puerto de La Guardia (Cat. 1) 159.2km
1Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC10pts
2Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto8 
3Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini6 
4Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur4 
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank2 
6Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia1 
Teams
1Omega Pharma-Lotto13:36:52 
2Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:41 
3Team Saxo Bank0:01:04 
4Team Milram0:01:25 
5Team HTC - Columbia0:01:26 
6Rabobank0:02:13 
7Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:03:33 
8Carmiooro NGC0:04:40 
9Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:51 
10Lampre-Farnese Vini0:05:13 
11Skil - Shimano0:06:29 
12CCC Polsat Polkowice0:08:37 
13Caja Rural0:09:21 
General classification after stage 1
1Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC4:11:55 
2Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:09 
3Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:00:13 
4Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank0:00:21 
6Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
7Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:28 
8Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:29 
9Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
10Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:31 
11Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:00:32 
12Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:37 
13Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:00:41 
14Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram  
15Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
16Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
17Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:00:49 
18Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:01:05 
19Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:01:07 
20Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:14 
21Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram0:01:19 
22Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:20 
23Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank0:01:24 
24Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank0:01:35 
25Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
26Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia  
27Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:49 
28Jan Bakelandsts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
29Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:02:00 
30Kanstantsin Siutsov (Blr) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:03 
31Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:10 
32Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC0:02:27 
33Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:02:40 
34Rubén García (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:48 
35Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:03:13 
36Jose A G. Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:03:15 
37Emanuele Sella (Ita) Carmiooro NGC0:03:20 
38Greca Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:03:27 
39Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural0:03:35 
40Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:03:38 
41Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:03:41 
42Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
43Diego A Tamayo Martínez (Col) Carmiooro NGC0:03:55 
44David De La Cruz (Spa) Caja Rural0:04:05 
45Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:13 
46Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram0:04:24 
47Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:26 
48Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
49Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
50Sylwester Janiszewsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:04:43 
51Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:03 
52Paul Voss (Ger) Team Milram0:05:09 
53Adan Snitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:05:14 
54Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:05:28 
55André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
56Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank0:05:29 
57Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:05:59 
58Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
59Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:06:02 
60Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:06:09 
61Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
62Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank0:06:17 
63Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC  
64Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
65Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
66Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:06:22 
67Mirko Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:06:24 
68David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
69Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
70Hayden Roulston (NZl) Team HTC - Columbia0:06:35 
71Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
72Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:06:41 
73Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:07:12 
74Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:07:19 
75Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:07:21 
76Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
77Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
78Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
79Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
80Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:07:26 
81Guillermo Lana (Spa) Caja Rural  
82Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank0:07:39 
83Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC0:07:50 
84Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural0:07:57 
85Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:08:05 
86Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:08:26 
87Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:08:57 
88Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Caja Rural0:12:03 
89Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram0:13:27 
Points classification
1Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC25pts
2Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto20 
3Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini16 
4Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur14 
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank12 
6Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia10 
7Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur9 
8Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto8 
9Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto7 
10Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
11Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram5 
12Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia4 
13Franck Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank3 
14Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram2 
15Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1 
Sprints classification
1Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur6pts
2Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team4 
3Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC1 
4Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural1 
Mountains classification
1Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC10pts
2Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto8 
3Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC6 
4Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini6 
5Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur4 
6Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural4 
7Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank2 
8Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur2 
9Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia1 
Andalucian rider classification
1Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
2Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
3Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
4Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
5Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
Spanish rider classification
1Sergio Pardilla Bellón (Spa) Carmiooro NGC  
2Manuel Vazquez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
3Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
4Daniel Moreno (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
5Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
6Rubén García (Spa) Caja Rural  
7Jose A G. Marchante (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
8Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural  
9David De La Cruz (Spa) Caja Rural  
10Jesús Rosendo (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
11Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
12Óscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank  
13Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Carmiooro NGC  
14Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
15Antonio Piedra (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
16Guillermo Lana (Spa) Caja Rural  
17Egoitz García (Spa) Caja Rural  
18Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Caja Rural  
Teams classification
1Omega Pharma-Lotto13:36:52 
2Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:41 
3Team Saxo Bank0:01:04 
4Team Milram0:01:25 
5Team HTC - Columbia0:01:26 
6Rabobank0:02:13 
7Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:03:33 
8Carmiooro NGC0:04:40 
9Sky Professional Cycling Team0:04:51 
10Lampre-Farnese Vini0:05:13 
11Skil - Shimano0:06:29 
12CCC Polsat Polkowice0:08:37 
13Caja Rural0:09:21 

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